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Carlisle United duo nearing deadline

4 June 2014

Carlisle United midfield pair James Berrett and Paul Thirlwell have until Friday to sign their respective contract offers.

Both players are out of contract this summer and Berrett, 25, has been offered terms over two years while club skipper Thirlwell, 35, is undecided over a new 12-month deal.

"We're still waiting for decisions from Thir and Bez but there's nothing unusual about that," manager Graham Kavanagh told the club's official website.

"The players have a calendar month from the day the offer is made to give their reply, so that means they have until Friday to let us know.

"We spoke to them both because we feel they could be part of what we want to do. I believe they're the right type of character who consistently perform to a level I expect.

"I think Bez is a good player who can definitely play at a higher level. He just gets on with the job you ask him to do.

"Thir brings a lot to the dressing room and to the way we play and we know all about the qualities he has.

"Hopefully the outcome will be positive from both of them but, if it isn't, we'll handle that and push on."

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